Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Muslim World League Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karin Al-Issa emphasized that the outcomes of coexistence dialogue remain “mere ink on paper” unless they are molded into tangible programs that affect people’s lives and make them more cooperative and accepting of each other.
He stressed that global crises, such as the current COVID-19 crisis, are an incentive for humanitarian cooperation.
This came during the open dialogue phase at the end of the second edition of the Media Forum of the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA-OIC) on Thursday.
After a question made to Secretary General regarding MWL’s vision of the existence of terrorist and extremist organizations, from different cultures and religions, on social networks, and the League’s efforts to confront the discourses against coexistence and harmony between followers of religions and cultures, he said: “It is noticeable that terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS increased their activity on social media in the last several years.”
“The elimination of terrorism requires uprooting its roots, represented by ideas, as military action, despite its importance, does not eliminate it completely.” He added, “The League has tremendous efforts to confront terrorism, through social media, as well as cooperating with a number of platforms active in this field, such as Etidal Center and others.”
In his response to a query related to the League’s strategy to confront extremist and terrorist views, Sheikh Al-Issa emphasized that “the MWL is working to activate its plan to confront extremist and terrorist ideas, as well as any terrorist views, and the strategy we are working on is based on scientific and institutional work.”
Commenting on a query by the Kyrgyzstan News Agency (Kabar), regarding the extent to which the MWL considers a necessity of establishing and rooting real cooperation between religious sects and other religions to find solutions to the problems and conflicts the world suffers from, Dr. Al-Issa answered as follows:
“We discussed in the conversation the importance of joint cooperation, to reach a productive dialogue and fruitful and tangible results, and we said that the dialogue must be transparent and address all issues with their details, and not be surrounded by courtesies. Which is vital and pivotal in achieving the desired goal of positive coexistence, and praise be to Allah, there are efforts by the Muslim World League in this context, and in enhancing the effectiveness of coexistence through our visits to several countries, especially countries of minorities, and we have cooperation agreements with all non-Islamic religious institutions, We are all working with these people to achieve the common goal of peaceful coexistence, positive cooperation, and the promotion of harmony among the followers of religions. This extends to the civilizational and cultural alliance, to reach what was asked about, which is the desired goal, and we have taken steps towards it with tangible impact, and the ambition remains excellent.”
In another query made by the Middle East News Agency (MENA), about the method of taking advantage of crises to unify human energies to serve humanity, and how to activate the concept of tolerance between followers of the Islamic religion or one religion and the followers of religions in general, the Secretary General replied:
“The reality of crises is a catalyst for humanitarian cooperation. The most excellent proof of this is what happened in the Corona pandemic, which proved that countries still need to cooperate and that the whole world is one family. This crisis showed that the world could collaborate on an unprecedented level, a level that was never reached due to negligence, artificial fear, and barriers set by some ideologies and perhaps material interests. As for stimulating tolerance, it is through authentic work and not through theories, speeches, and conferences that end on an archive, so theories, programs, theses, and initiatives must be molded into practical applications that everyone agrees on.”
Dr. Al-Issa concluded: “We in the Muslim World League and with our partners in the Islamic world and outside of it are playing this role, and we have seen an effect of it, and more effects will hopefully follow, God willing.”